Happy Daylight Savings Time!
October 27, 2001 11:17 PM   Subscribe

Happy Daylight Savings Time! Don't forget to set your clocks back and enjoy that glorious extra hour of sleep...
posted by adrober (31 comments total)
An extra hour to sleep in!
I complete forgot about it until my computer told me it was changing the clock.
posted by Grum at 11:22 PM on October 27, 2001

I just realized how interesting it is that everyone (me, too) always says "extra hour of sleep!"

HA! New saying: an extra hour of surfing for crap and posting on MeFi!
posted by davidmsc at 11:31 PM on October 27, 2001

In which unearthly cache is that hour now? Grum, you're lucky: my computer just goes ahead and changes and tells no one. That's why I need my MeFi of a Sunday morning to tell me. HDST to you too, adrober. ;-)

I can never understand why people use the "extra" hour to sleep. Perhaps "they" should add or subtract the hour around GMT 1600 or something. Or NOT TELL US(cue X-files music).
posted by MiguelCardoso at 11:34 PM on October 27, 2001

Great minds, davidmsc!
posted by MiguelCardoso at 11:35 PM on October 27, 2001

Or for those of us unfortunate enough to work the night shift - an extra hour of work to enjoy! Whoopie...
posted by daveleck at 11:41 PM on October 27, 2001

Put ours forward here .... look out summer's coming
posted by johnny7 at 11:58 PM on October 27, 2001

I use my extra hour to carve soap.
posted by lucien at 12:00 AM on October 28, 2001

No extra hour of sleep here. Our cats will tap-dance on our heads when they feel we should be awake. It'll take a few weeks before our cats and all the other cats and wildlife in our neighborhood adjust to the Stupid Human Trick of "time change." ...I always hold my breath & hope that this odd abrupt change in human timing doesn't get any of my non-human friends and neighbors run over.
posted by realjanetkagan at 12:01 AM on October 28, 2001

I used to work midnite to 8 am, so the "extra hour of sleep" was really just an "extra hour of waiting to sleep."
posted by marknau at 12:02 AM on October 28, 2001

Work, work ,work.
posted by bjgeiger at 12:03 AM on October 28, 2001

Might I inquire as to what kind of job ya'll are working?
posted by Doug at 12:16 AM on October 28, 2001

Last year, I used the extra hour to experimentally derive whether the local In-N-Out closed at the first instance of 1:30am or the second one. (It was the former.)
posted by youhas at 12:23 AM on October 28, 2001

Doug - I'm sitting here building Metaframe XPE servers and pushing out application updates...
posted by daveleck at 12:41 AM on October 28, 2001

Doug-I am at a hospital laboratory. Right now I am doing filing. In awihle I will be drawing blood and running morning testing.
posted by bjgeiger at 1:03 AM on October 28, 2001

Doug - I'm debugging a PC X Window server. Tons o' fun...
posted by shinybeast at 1:49 AM on October 28, 2001

I'm doing Systems Support at a law firm.

crickets chirping
posted by Optamystic at 2:09 AM on October 28, 2001

In Saskatchewan, Canada, we don't bother with DST
posted by scotty at 2:47 AM on October 28, 2001


quonsar snoring
posted by quonsar at 2:54 AM on October 28, 2001

The site is a pretty good resource on the idea.

If you're interested in this subject might enjoy reading Time Lord, the story of Sir Sandford Fleming's (and others') efforts to create a standard time.
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 5:01 AM on October 28, 2001

no time changing here in indiana either. the one thing that i *do* like about the state!
posted by mabelcolby at 6:37 AM on October 28, 2001

...extra hour of drinking.
posted by aramaic at 6:38 AM on October 28, 2001

There's a radio show I enjoy that comes on about 4:30AM, and I try to get up and hear it every week....I don't set an alarm or anything (it's not *that* urgent), but if I happen to awaken in time, I'll listen to it. This AM, I stirred, glanced at the clock, it was 4:30 on the nose! First time in a long time I'd hear the show from beginning to end. Turned radio on, settled in front of computer to check mail until show started, and then got the "Daylight Savings Time" Windows announcement. Drat. Went back to bed.
posted by Oriole Adams at 6:39 AM on October 28, 2001

My fiancee works the night shift as a nurse, so while I crowed about "an extra hour of sleep", she complained about working an extra hour. However, she does get paid for the extra hour of work, so that's a nice bonus (and it's overtime too!).
posted by Grum at 7:33 AM on October 28, 2001

Yay! Another week of sheepishly explaining that Arizona doesn't bother with all that clock changing nonsense, and that we're now on Mountain Time, rather than Pacific. Conference calls and meetings scheduled with out-of-staters will invariably be missed for at least the next week....

I miss that extra hour of drinking, though.
posted by continuitynu at 8:28 AM on October 28, 2001

ah...Arizona. my grandparents lived there for many, many years (both moved there before I was born, died in that fine state), and we used to take turns going to visit them during the summer. I never did quite get to see the TV shows that I was used to, but then again, that's how I discovered Twin Peaks. (which my minister grandpa thought was way cool, btw.)

I seem to remember him telling me that the Navajo reservation did observe DST, and that the Hopi didn't. is that so?
posted by epersonae at 9:29 AM on October 28, 2001

We have two cats AND a five-month-old baby, all three of whom woke up at their customary crack-of-dawn time regardless of what the stinkin alarm clock said.

Since we'd gone to bed at our usual tie, we still got our full night's sleep, but I'm gonna be crashing hard tonight.

My only solace is the knowledge that we get to fuck with their heads in the spring.
posted by briank at 12:22 PM on October 28, 2001

Hey, you think Arizona's messed up? Count Indiana in too. But we are even more screwed up. Indiana has 2 time zones (Eastern and Central). And get this, the counties in Central (which is the SW and NW) observe DST, but the Eastern counties don't, except if you live in the counties around Cincinnati, Louisville, they do observe DST! A sane minority in Indiana has been trying to get this changed for decades, but due to inertia, it will probably never happen. Here is the website of a lobbying group started by some companies in Indianapolis. They are the best chance yet to change this crap.
posted by internal at 7:24 PM on October 28, 2001

An extra hour of sleep???? Doesn't anyone around here have young children? The internal clock is a very powerful force in a two-year-old. My "extra hour of sleep" was spent snuggling a couple of warm little kids at six a.m. instead of seven. Overall, not such a bad thing!
posted by apollo at 8:13 PM on October 28, 2001

I live in the godforsaken part of south-central Indiana that doesn't observe DST. I don't mind it other than that I have to stay up late to watch Insomniac and Strangers With Candy re-runs. Other that that I don't care. We here in IN are way too busy planting and harvesting corn to even think of changing our clocks.
posted by ttrendel at 10:01 PM on October 28, 2001

It's so clear now...we must remove Indiana! It is far too radical and dichotomous to remain a state. Banish it to Canada or Mexico...we can replace it with North California, which deserves to be separated from South California. No animosity -- just divergent cultures.

Then we merge the two Virginias (reg. & West), and add the state of WashIdaMont (east WA, panhandle ID, west MT).

Then we merge North & South Dakota. Invade Cuba, make it the "Vacation State."

And there's a little slice of Kansas that wants to secede from Kansas; we can make it another full-fledged state. To make room, we'd integrate Delaware into New Virginia.

Now...everyone's happy, and we didn't have to change the number of stars on our flag. 'Nuff said.
posted by davidmsc at 3:49 PM on October 29, 2001

I really kind of hate Daylight savings time. I like to think of the time as a constant and not a construction of man, and monkeying around with it every couple of months irritates me.
posted by thirteen at 4:01 PM on October 29, 2001

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